Performances from Cher Lloyd and the Broadway cast of Once dotted the landscape of broken dreams as Tuesday's twelve quaterfinalists were whittled down to the four semifinalists who we will see again when America's Got Talent returns after the Olympics.
Performances by DJ/Singer Havana Brown and Britain's Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler and her dancing dog Pudsey killed time between announcing the cuts on the third quarterfinal round of America's Got Talent.
It was a night full of ups and downs on the America's Got Talent stage as 12 more Vegas hopefuls brought out their best. Unfortunately for some, the (understandable) nervousness of competing at this level simply got to them. We saw some past favorites take a few spills -- literally.
The first 12 of the 48 quarter-finalists selected during last week's Boot Camp in Las Vegas performed and only four will progress. For the first time all season, that decision has been passed on to the audience.
How many spots were filled tonight? How many are left? Who actually made the cut? Did anyone actually approach singer Shanice Hayes about ditching her dad, the other half of her duet act? We spent a lot of time talking about it and then never talked about it again.
It's almost time to head off to Las Vegas for, you know, the actual competition part of America's Got Talent, but first, more auditions, and with the exception of closing act Mary Joyner, there was very little to write home about.
There was some unnamed, possibly experimental, scarecrow-on-stilts performance art... something, that Sharon described as "disturbing somehow." I agree, sometimes there just aren't words. I'm still not entirely sure what I watched.
Rounding up the Austin auditions, Andrew De Leon graced the stage in full goth glory only to break into beautiful operatic song. Self-taught, he admitted that his America's Got Talent audition was the first time he had ever sung in front of people.